A choice radiating cluster of unusually long crystals with exceptionally deep orange color. From the prolific Mina Navidad which is probably the worlds greatest locale for fine Creedite. These crystals are transparent and show zoning with deeper orange color in the centers. A small but strong display piece from a find in late 2018. In fine condition, these are modern classics and as the mine still produces good quantities, these are still relatively affordable, and excellent value for a very esthetic mineral.
7.3 x 4.8 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
A very fine deep emerald green Dioptase from Tsumeb with the intense color that can not be done justice on a computer. Wet-look luster and sharp transparent crystals densly cover the matrix plate. No damage and far better in person. Tsumeb Dioptase is known as a bit different from that found any place else. When at its best it is the most intense color in the world. This has that color. Ex. Charles M. Noll collection, from the heyday of the mine, mid seventies vintage.
Teofilo Otoni, Mucuri Valley
6.2 x 3.1 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A main crystal that is nearly all gem clear and is over 6 CM tall shows glass clear faces on 3 sides with one face etched, included and with complex modifications. The condition is very good, the upper half is all gem clear and the lower part has additional smaller crystals attached. A very nice Topaz from the prolific region of Teofilo Otoni, this weighs a hefty 91.4 grams.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
5.2 x 2.2 x 1.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A complete 360 degree "Carthage corner" Fluorite with deep purple color that is fully translucent to transparent. Every face of this piece is perfectly etched with tiny stairstep structures from the complex re-crystallization that forms these unique shapes. It is not completely understood why this form of Fluorite that is very rare worldwide has been found so often at the Elmwood mine. Even at this prolific site good, clean undamaged examples are still uncommon. A choice piece with well saturated color.
Chrysoberyl - Twinned crystals
3.1 x 2.4 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A floater cluster complete all around of Chrysoberyl crystals that range from translucent to transparent. A pale yellow-green color with some frosted faces and others that are bright and lustrous. Some chipping on the underside (not seen when displayed) is the only damage to note, some of that seems to be partly rehealed, so this is a natural break. Otherwise this is in fine condition overall and weighs 19.2 grams.
Hambergite on Smokey Quartz
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
6.3 x 4.5 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
A cluster of milky white Hamburgite crystals are perched protruding from the side of a smokey Quartz. The Quartz is doubly terminated and makes a contrast with the Hambergite. Individual Hambergite crystals reach 2 CM and they are in a stacked arrangement, showing well a prismatic form not the usual fibrous look. Transparent on thin edges but mostly translucent, this is a nice example of this uncommon Beryllium specie. Ex collection of Thomas Fitzpatrick, vintage late 1970s.
Hematite (iron Rose) on Adularia
St Gotthard, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina
5.3 x 5 x 2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A bright single flower of bladed Hematite contrasting nicely with sparkling Adularia crystals. An older "Eisenrose" this is sharp and displays well, the main rose being 1.3 CM across. A classic Alpine specimen when these are a bit larger they can be incredibly costly. This is a fine smaller piece (far more affordable) and could be trimmed to a fine thumbnail if desired.
Fornacite on Dioptase (Type Locality)
Reneville Mine, Reneville Kindanba District
4 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
Fantasticly rich, dense clusters of Fornacite crystals on Dioptase crystals. Fornacite is a rather rare mineral but nearly always seen just as micros with very small isolated crystals. This is an amazingly rich specimen with eye visible crystals in groups that are up to 2.5 CM across! The matrix is an attractive mix of Dioptase crystals and balls of Plancheite. The crystals are lath shaped and many are free standing, most are a dark olive green ranging to as brownish yellow with backlight. Under strong magnification a few dark green balls are seen that may be Mottramite but are not identified. From the type locality, this is a superb and important piece for this rarely displayed mineral. None of us have ever seen any piece with so much of the specie and so easily seen.